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From today's Seattle P-I, news that, for the fourth time this year, a severed right foot has been found along the coast of British Columbia:

Police said a passer-by found a human foot Thursday in a shoe on Kirkland Island in the South Arm of the Fraser River.
"It's certainly a mystery we intend on solving," police Constable Annie Linteau said. "It's certainly very unusual."
Last August, a foot was found inside a man's Reebok sneaker on nearby Gabriola Island, just a few days after another foot was discovered by beachcombers on Jedidiah Island.
The remains of a fourth right foot were found Feb 8 on the east side of Valdez Island.
There is no evidence to suggest that the foot -- or any or the previous three -- was forcibly removed, Linteau said. "All four were wearing socks and were in a running shoe..."
B.C. Chief Coroner Terry Smith said DNA profiles have been taken from the first three feet. He could not comment on the investigation or the new finding.
The fourth foot is now at his office, Linteau said.

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uke
May. 24th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
How does a foot get detached from a living person without being forcibly removed? I don' think that word means what he thinks it means.
matt_ruff
May. 24th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Talk about being loose-jointed...
mleiv
May. 24th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Ha. I'd like to say "involuntarily" might be better, but really the same could be said for that word. ;) I was just watching Danny Kaye on YouTube, and it's making me hear this conversation in my head as a "Who's on First" style word-play comedy routine. Grim. But still laughing.
gfish
May. 27th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
By decomposing in the water and just falling apart, I guess.
uke
May. 28th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh yeah.

This is like that thing where I didn't see any dolphins, isn't it?
bsdotrand
May. 25th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
I saw this yesterday on my Wii of all things. The thing that struck me was that none of the explanations (except yours of course) even try to deal with the fact that they're all right feet.

There is the guy with the theory that right and left feet will drift differently and so some beaches will collect a preponderance of right or left feet. But unless there are a large number of paired disembodied feet floating around out on the ocean I don't know how anyone could know that.
matt_ruff
May. 25th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
There aren't (I hope) a whole lot of feet floating around, but I could see a large quantity of shoes ending up in the water -- say, if a cargo container got washed overboard in a storm -- and generating evidence that lefties and righties drift differently.

Still, yeah, it's weird.
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm from Germany, and this short article of yours was the first thing I heard about this freaky incident. After I've read this piece, it didn't get out of my mind. I talked to my mother about it, and we both set up some possible explanations, the most convincing of which I want to tell you:
We believe that the feet belong to members of an unknown sect that has decided to sail the seven seas in a self-build ship they call "The Arch". Their main believe is that evil and wickedness live inside the body, circulating through veins and nerves. Now, their leader, "the Great Illuminator" is said tu have found a way to direct evil thoughts and deeds through telemagnetic powers. As he found out, there is a way to "trap" them inside the right foot (why especially the right foot remains a mystery). Once they are trapped, the person puts his shoe back on and ties it up tightly in order to prevent them from running back into the body. The "The Great Illuminator" then orders the foot to "leave this body", and miraculously it falls off. Then the members of the sect throw it into the sea. End of story.

Now, what do you think? Sounds pretty persuasive, eh?

Greets from Germany, Christoph
matt_ruff
May. 28th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
End of story.

Actually, if the B.C. police have an evidence locker full of evil feet, I'd say the story is just beginning...
billsquared
Jun. 17th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
four rights nullify each other, so now we're going left
And today brings us a fifth foot, this time a left. Wonder if they've found a pair...

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/06/17/canada.feet/index.html
matt_ruff
Jun. 18th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: four rights nullify each other, so now we're going left
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